Spring is now in full bloom in the Pacific Northwest. It is beautiful but our time here is drawing to a close. We have witnessed the miracle of the births of two beautiful grandchildren and experienced the joy of knowing that our own children have adapted to their new roles as parents remarkably well. There might not be a greater joy for a parent. There has been time for a few noteworthy family adventures to commemorate the births. One very special gathering happened with Pam's family where we recorded four generations of the Smith Family all on one couch. Ranging in ages from 86 years to 17 days!
We managed to stop by and visit with our old friend Rick Kirsten, owner of the Kirsten Galleries in Seattle. His late father Richard Kirsten-Daiensai had passed on since our last visit and we were treated to a look at the beautiful memorial wall of photos and tributes posted in the gallery in Daiensai's honor. We own and treasure a couple of Daiensai's amazing paintings and thought of one in particular as we thought of all that has happened in the past year. This painting waits for us when we return home to Chatham.